Free English Lesson
Cutting Travel Costs

Here is a free English lesson if you are a student of English and are wanting to improve your reading comprehension, and learn new vocabulary, phrases and idioms. This lesson is on a subject that is close to most of our hearts - travel, and how to keep the costs down.

It is based on an article from the National Geographic, which will give you insights into what difference the Cookies on your computer can have when booking a holiday, how ITA software on a website can help and why you might not want to mention that you are on honeymoon. The twenty points of advice also cover areas such as electronics, bikes, Citypasses, hidden charges, vacation packages, theatre tickets and toilets!

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This lesson is suitable for you if you are at upper-intermediate, advanced or proficiency level English (B2, C1 and C2).

Language Focus

Before you begin with the reading and comprehension parts of the lesson, there is some vocabulary for you to learn, a (surprisingly) large number of words that help us to differentiate whether things are cheap, appropriately priced or expensive.

The article consists of twenty points - twenty different ideas on how to cut travel costs. You can read through the text, find the vocabulary that you have just learnt, and decide whether the various suggestions are worth implementing or not. The reading is then followed by some commonly used travel phrases and collocations that are essential to know when flying, travel idioms and phrasal verbs often used when talking about holidays.

You will also find some more words and phrases on this topic at travel vocabulary.

If you enjoyed this lesson, why not also try some of my self-study listening lessons on Life as a Spy, Intelligence or Photography.

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